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Museveni allows institutions offering health-related training to re-open

Prof. Okwakol says the resumption is necessary, considering the internship program for medical students is ending soon and they'll be leaving health facilities at which they are serving. That manpower vacuum will have to be filled.
posted onSeptember 2, 2020
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President Yoweri Museveni has allowed institutions offering health-related training to re-open for learning, Prof. Mary Okwakol, the executive director of the National Council for Higher Education, said in a Tuesday statement.

Prof. Okwakol says the resumption is necessary, considering the internship program for medical students is ending soon and they'll be leaving health facilities at which they are serving. That manpower vacuum will have to be filled.
 
"The Government... has addressed itself to the fact that medical health interns provide significant service in hospitals and other health facilities in the country," said the executive director.

"It has been noted that the current interns will complete their program soon, and a new team would ordinarily be expected to take over from them. If the internship schedule is not followed, there will be a gap, which could lead to a gap in the health sector."

President Museveni's directive only allows reopening institutions with final year students. Institutions that are reopening have finalist students undertaking training at Bachelor's level in Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Nursing, Midwifery, Dental Surgery, Pharmacy, and Allied Medical Professionals.
 
They should also have finalist postgraduate students on health-related programmes, postgraduate students (doctors, nurses and midwives) who are qualified and are already health practitioners or finalists undertaking training at diploma level in different disciplines.

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